Find out how to prepare for your toddler’s dentist trip.
It’s impossible to overemphasize how important it is to get an early start on good dental hygiene. So many people think that just because children’s teeth are “baby teeth” that will fall out, that it isn’t necessary to take care of them. However, this is the furthest from the truth — your toddler’s dentist visits are critical for building a foundation of good dental health.
When Does a Child First Go To The Dentist?
Did you know that babies develop what are called “tooth buds” between the sixth and eighth weeks of pregnancy? Teeth are some of the strongest bones in the body! But they need to be well cared for. Once the baby is born it is critical to start taking care of their teeth as soon as they erupt. This means gently brushing them with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Clearly preventative dental routines need to start far earlier than most people would think. A child should visit the dentist sometime around their first birthday!
Preparing For Your Toddler’s Dentist Visit
It’s important to be well prepared for your toddler’s first visit to the dentist. Any new experience needs to be carefully planned for so that your child will feel safe and happy. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started!
- Find the right dentist. This is very important! A child shouldn’t go to your normal family dentist, the best way to ensure a positive experience is to take your child to a pediatric dentist, where both the staff and the office are able to help your child feel comfortable.
- Schedule the appointment carefully. Scheduling an appointment at the right time can help avoid unnecessary anxiety for your child. This means avoid scheduling the appointment during naptime or after play dates when your child is tired. Additionally, scheduling it shortly after meal time will make sure that your child doesn’t get hungry during the appointment.
- Talk to your child. Mentally preparing your child for the appointment will help everything go much smoother. You can even have your child practice opening his or her mouth to get them ready for when the dentist counts and checks their teeth. Reading books or watching videos about toddler’s dentist visits may help your child be less fearful and more confident.
Above all, when the appointment comes, stay cheerful! If your child starts getting upset during the visit, help calm them down. You and the dentist are on the same team, both want your child to make positive associations with the dentist!
At Sea of Smiles, we are committed to making the dentist a safe and fun place for all children, we’re the perfect place for your toddler’s dentist visit. Both our offices in Yardley (267-392-5878) and Bensalem (215-433-1840) offer excellent pediatric dental care in a child-friendly environment. To learn more about our pediatric dentists and why we are the best pediatric dentist for your family, contact us today!